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of canada about the cabinet picks for hamid karzai. what is the concern over the choices that president karzai is making? guest: he has now made two set of choices. he nominated one slate of cabinet officials, about 24 of them. 17 were rejected by the parliament. but arlin is in a healthy move, asserting itself. this is a good thing -- the parliament is, in a healthy move, asserting itself. this is a good thing, checks and balances. he looked at the first slate of nominees by president karzai and parliament did not like them. they did confirm the most important cabinet choices from president karzai, the minister of defense and the minister of interior, which handles all of the police. the minister of finance, the minister of agriculture, when the biggest recipients of assistance. -- one of the biggest recipient of assistance. those picks are clear. president karzai has recently over the weekend submitted a second state to replace those that were rejected the first time. these are lesser-known people. the second slate are lesser- known people. many people have not heard -- many afghans h
government as well. guest: years ago when he met with hamid karzai at a dinner, someone said to him, mr. president, how are you going to address this problem of corruption? in fact, he said, what problem? joe biden, famously -- dinner was over -- he threw his napkin down and said, this dinner is over, and walked out. nothing has happened to defrost his relations with president karzai. both biden and richard holbrooke have terrible relations with karzai. host: james traub is with us to talk about the influence of joe biden. republicans, 202-737-0001. democrats, 202-737-0002. independents, 202-628-0205. you can send us an e-mail or tweet us at. next phone call. caller: i think our president is doing very well. if we wanted joe biden as president, he would be president. i like the idea that our president is intelligent. he is not a puppet, like the last eight years. i think he is doing what he is supposed to be doing. host: james traub? guest: i guess i would agree, in general. he believes he could be a good president. i believe this is almost a desirable alternative. he is a very knowledg
capital. president karzai says order has been restored to the streets after teams of militants attacked government buildings. at least five people were killed. the attacks came at the same time that karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. >>> and president bill clinton heads to haiti. with more reports of scattered violence and looting, new troops on the way. an american health organization now estimates as many as 100,000 people were killed. >>> "the new york times" is reportedly set to begin charging readers for access to its website. the newspaper is expected to announce in the coming weeks a metered pay plan, where viewers will have access to a number of free articles before being asked to subscribe. >> they got to do it. >> they got to do it, i understand this. >> if you do great work, don't give your writing away, don't give your features away, don't give journalism away. >> i hope it works. 77% would not be willing to pay to read content online. we shall see. let's go to willie to sports. >> i have to show you the back cover of "the new york post." rex ryan. the jets i
karzai and afghanistan about corruption, and let him look at our government, he can say, for enough money, you can get anything passed. let me explain what that means for other states and what it means for the state of tennessee. right now, we have 50 less state troopers than we had in 1977, and we have two million more people. . without going back to the senate, go straight to the president, we have 15 million more people who have medicaid. with that comes an obligation from the state to pay for that. we don't have any money to pay for it. right now, our colleges do not have one capital improvement project on a single college campus, the university of tennessee and the 26 board of regents. not a library, dormitory or chemistry lab. we can't add any more people to our medicaid and medicare plans. mr. gingrey: some of the teachers in the great volunteer state are having to take furloughs and leaves of absences and that kind of thing. mr. roe: we are in the 1940's in education. here is another unfunded mandate that comes to the state and nebraska, the people in nebraska don't have to pay fo
stated to be beginning about 18 months after to give karzai and his regime enough time to stand up and fight for itself. we will see. host: we have our numbers on the screen and we will get to the calls in immelman. -- in a moment. you laid out a number of issues which have to be practical issues that have to be dealt with, but the fact of the matter is that you bring vietnam and it becomes a political issue as well. tell us how you view this as a political issue. guest: the lesson that we need to learn, i think, from john kennedy's experience is this. he was with -- he was withdrawing at the time. we have the classified documents. but he did not tell the truth to the american people why? for political reasons. he wanted to get it reelected in 1964. he had begun to order the withdrawal in 1963. host: and these would have been the trainer said you talked about. guest: 16,000 of visors, not combat troops. but my point is that obama should not repeat that experience. he is clearly going to do the best that we can in a given amount of time, but what we face the prospect -- if we face t
president hamid karzai declared the situation was under control. about mid morning, several, maybe as many as a dozen or so taliban militants stormed government buildings, including the ministry of justice and ministry of finance, they also took over a shopping mall and a movie theater. this was a very complex, very well organized attack. about an hour after the first shots were fired, an ambulance pulled up to a police checkpoint, in theory there to help the hurt and wounded, but an insurgent was inside and detonated a bomb, killing at least one person at that site. over the entire area, about a 2-mile area where all the attacks were going on, five people were killed and nearly 40, jane, were injured. jane: connor, these attack necessary kabul generally have been happening more and more. what impact are they having? >> jane, it's been devastating here. the international community, much of it is pulling back, some of the international community is pulling out. i talked to international workers, aid workers, u.n. staff, every day to say they're leaving. it's simply too dangerous here. i sho
gear as losing its cachet and they point to the fact that president karzai began wearing this hat as an attempt to devise the war broke the was afghan rather than fm or regional but there is a quote in here from an afghani saying now it is clear mr. karzai is a passion. do you have confidence in the government, do you have concerns? >> guest: i have confidence and concerns just as i did in iraq. we have to understand the huge challenges the leaders in both of these countries face literally just in staying alive. i got to know hamid karzai when i first got to afghanistan at the beginning of 2002 when he had only been in office a few weeks himself. eight years later he's still in office facing extraordinarily challenges. and there are clearly a lot of problems and things he has to work on and things we have to do in support of him but i had the opportunity to get to know him personally and whatever hat he may be wearing at the moment one thing i absolutely persuaded is he is an afghan national list. >> host: next on call river hit new york on the republican line. >> caller: ambassad
hope you are speaking for yourself. >> you have done a great job with karzai. this is an opportunity for us to make sure that more draconian steps are taken and said if they steps that have yielded little results. >> i could not agree with you more. i cannot disagree with you at all. this is a moment and it will take a tough hand. >> i noticed the vote has not gone off. and to set fashion, which are drifting along here. -- in truth senate fashion, we are drifting along here. >> i'd prefer to look at this as an opportunity to finish my questions. i.t. why for being here and for your insights. -- thank you for your being here a year and says. my first question before i ask more about the long term, if each of you are satisfied that everything is currently being done that can be done with the short-term relief efforts, dr. former, you talk about how slow the relief efforts are and to a great extent that is because of the lack of infrastructure. is there more than should be done right now to address those relief efforts? >> thank you. i think there is a mismatch between the degree of int
. >>> the afghan parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the new cabinet of president hamid karzai. 17 of 24 nominations were rejected by afghan lawmakers. the vote is a serious setback for karzai, coming on the heels of his controversial re-election as president. >>> somehow, some way, a suicide bomber managed to slip onto a u.s. base in afghanistan without being searched, killing seven cia officers. now a terror group is taking credit for wednesday's attack, praising a possible double agent. cnn's atea bowie is in kabul with the very latest. >> reporter: the question that remains is just how a suicide bomber was able to make it onto an american base in eastern afghanistan, detonate his vest and kill seven cia agents. american officials here in afghanistan still are not talking about just how he was able to do that. the taliban claiming that he was actually an afghan soldier, a soldier that they were able to convince to switch allegiances rather than fighting with the u.s. forces, fighting against the u.s. forces. and the taliban claimed that they will continue to infiltrate the afghan army
karzai. i point that out simply because of the proximity to the seat of power theoretically in that country. afghan officials said three soldiers and two civilians were killed. 71 others wounded in that shooting. each of the seven militants were ultimately killed. nbc's chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski is live from kabul with the latest. how are we to interpret this level of violence, jim, this close to the seat of power in that country? >> reporter: you know, the timing was unmistakable. the very time the taliban launched these attacks, president hamid karzai just inside the walls of the presidential palace was starting to swear in members of his new cabinet. so, you know, that timing wasn't lost on anybody. and what's interesting about this, is that while u.s. military officials are now praising the afghan security forces for beating back this attack today, the question is, how did they get those forces so close to the presidential palace in the first place? particularly because western intelligence officials have been predicting this very kind of attack, a co
. but first, while afghan president hamid karzai was swearing in his cabinet this morning, insurgents staged the biggest assault on the capital city of kabul since october. an iranian press tv crew was right there right before an explosion went off. the press tv correspondent who you saw at the beginning of that clip was injured in that blast and was taken to the hospital. the reason the camera was already rolling when that explosion went off is because that bomb went off midway through the attack. a suicide bomber first blew himself up outside the central bank. the central bank is on the same traffic circle as hamid karzai's presidential palace. this was in effect the equivalent of a suicide bomber hitting lafayette park right across the street from the white house or even the u.s. treasury building right next door. after the initial suicide bombing, gunmen stormed into and took up positions in nearby buildings. then in the middle of that fight, another suicide bombing which you just saw. the driver was in a vehicle that was marked as an ambulance. all the battles raged in the center of dow
and parnerring with the afghans. >> afghan president hamid karzai foresees the presence of troops in his country for the next ten years. >>> coming up on "news4 at 6," we'll tell you about a school district in virginia that's pulling a version of the diary of anne frank off of shelves. >>> authorities want to put in cameras on the dulles toll road. boss: hey, those gecko ringtones you put on our website are wonderful. people love 'em! gecko: yeah, thank you sir. turned out nice. boss: got another one for you. anncr: at, it's easy to get a free rate quote, manage your policy, make payments or even file a claim! boss: now that's a ringtone. gecko: uh's interesting.... certainly not the worst ringtone i've ever heard... ♪ ringtone lyrics: a-ringedy- ding-ding-dingy-do, ringedy-dong-ding-ding... ♪ gecko (to himself): yeah, that might be the worst. anncr: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. >>> bob is here with another check on our weather. >> a little balmy today. remember it well. >> started cold but then it got nice. >> you wait. until tomorrow an
actually bring peace? afghan president hamid karzai says that the u.s. and europe are warming up to the idea of talking with taliban fighters. the goal? convincing them to stop fighting and to rejoin afghan society. for more on this, let's bring in atia abawi, this has critics and p proponents. what's the latest? >> reporter: absolutely. this isn't anything new when it comes to the afghan government. president karzai himself has been pushing for it for the last several years. he has a reconciliation department where they've been reaching out to various members of the taliban and different insurgency groups throughout the country. i actually spoke to two former taliban fighters and government officials during the taliban regime, and they say the reason that they're coming to the side of the afghan government is because they want the fighting to stop. they want peace in afghanistan. but we also have to look back altogether last monday, the attacks that we saw here in the capital city, it was just going on for hours on end. gunfire, explosions, that was caused by the taliban. and th
to attack this plane head today america. >> afghanistan's parliament delivering a stinging blow to karzai, voting down 17-24. karzai said he will make new nominations, it's unclear when. in another high stakes political issue the chief of afghanistan as election commission says a parliamentary vote will be held in may despite widespread international concerns. north carolina is going smoke free. effective today the leading tobacco producing state is banning in restaurants and bars and relative late comers in the tobacco ban. becoming 29th ban in restaurants and 24th for bars. any smoker or establishment that refuses to obey the law will face stiff fines. that's are the latest stories, back to you. >> shannon: thank you, caroline. national association of is your ban hospitals are calling on members of to rethink regulations, especially cutting medicare payments. molly henneberg takes a look how tt affect hospitals treating low income patients. >> at howard university hospital in washington d.c., also a level one trauma center, about 20% of patients walk in the door uninsured. although many
levin just returned from afghanistan. >> another thing to watch is whether or not president karzai and we can come up with a program for reintegration of those lower level taliban which will chip away at the power at the taliban and help support the efforts of the afghan security forces. >> reporter: u.s. commanders acknowledge the need to bring at least some lower level taliban leaders into the political and social fabric of afghanistan. general stanley mcchrystal, the top military commander, when asked if the taliban could play a role in the future of afghanistan said, i think any afghans can play a role if they focus on the future and not the past. but reality remains harsh. u.s. troops continue their push into helmand province in the south. the next target? the marjah area, yet another taliban strong hold. and in north waziristan, bad new pz p the pakistani military has told the u.s. it's delayed further combat operations here. that will give unsurge ents more time to consolidate and possibly launch new attacks into afghanistan. u.s. military intelligence calculates the taliban
the number of civilians and increase the civilian component capability of the karzai government. >> one official says, quote, the attack will be a venged, unquote, but it was the most deadly attack against the cia since the war began, and one said it was the deadliest attack on the embassy since 1993 which killed two agents. >>> two boys who had been missing for 11 years have been found safe, and the mother taken into custody is accused of kidnapping them. this is the picture taken back in 1998. the mother was arrested yesterday in pennsylvania. the boys are now 15 and 17. local authorities say they found them after a social worker became suspicious because of things that they said about their past. the father, i just can't get over it. >> i was listening to a voice message when i turned white as a ghost, is about what i was told. i know i was shaking, too, a little bit. my girlfriend calmed me down. >> the mother says she's a victim of domestic violence and her sons are victims of sexual abuse. police say there is no merit to her claims. her ex-husband says he hopes she spends some tim
they are ready to sign up and support car sky. -- karzai. there is a distinction between the foot soldier and the leaders who gave a safe hache to osama bin laden and al qaeda from which they launched attacks on this country on 9/11. so he sees the distinction. i don't think it should be lost on you. i think we can look at think with some subtlety between these two. and go after the foot soldiers and try to win them over. and ultimately figure out what to do with the hierarchy as we go up the ladder. now, omar is probably the extreme, the foot soldiers are the other extreme. question is what happens to the others? can they be won over? can they become a part of the political fabric that gates spoke of? and that's i think what we are all trying to figure out. i don't know that we have an answer yet. >> at what point does the 30,000 new troops, the department set up to begin accepting converts, from the taliban, reconciliation sectors, like south america. >> it's not an issue for the department. this is an issue for the government of afghanistan. clearly just reading president karzai's comm
by afghan president hamid karzai is viewed as one of the most corrupt in the world and building the capacity for a functioning government and build up police and military so they can over the course of the next 18 to 24 months take control, take responsibility for the security situation here. julie. >> julie: connor powell, thank you. closer to home now, mexico announcing the capture of an alleged drug lord from a notoriously violent gang south of the bore they are. carlos dell tran l. vechlt a, carrying two guns and ammo and a false driver's license. he was nabbed on wednesday and waiting to disclose his arrest. his older and powerful brother was killed in a shootout with mexican troops. arturo beltran was the reputed treat of the beltran leva cartel. his taking down one of the highest in the mexican government's fight against drug gangs. a plane slides off a runway in germany, and collides in turkey, as we go around the world in 80 seconds. turkey, a passenger train crashing head-on into another train. the collision in northwestern turkey killing one of the engine drivers and injuring at
while karzai had to survive while he was being neglected, he is a pashtun. however, he is a peaceful one. his father was a parliamentarian. he himself is not pocketing money, or whatever. host: we're going to let it go there and let john newman reply. guest: i know we are short on time. it is crucial and my son talked to me about all the time how important it is, and the soldiers know that, to treat the local population while group a lot of their medics were training kids from the -- were treating kids from the village who were being hurt by the mortars from the taliban who could not shoot them very well. and we are expanding considerably the civilian effort t. host: how does that compare with vietnam? guest: we suffered in the early years of the war for not having paid attention to that. host: jon newman teaches courses in soviet, chinese, and east asian history. this is his book. you can try to track and online. thanks for being with us this morning. that will about do it for washed -- for "washington journal" this morning. we will be back at 7:00 a.m. eastern tomorro
closed. and also is karzai with his cabinet list and with a stand-off with a new list cabinet and others were rejected in the past week. but the parliament showed no sign of bowing to karzai's wishes. and the house speaker promising a thorough vetting of the candidates. we have gwen joining us. caller: good morning, steve, how are you. host: i am great. caller: happy new year. i am calling as an african-american woman, i want to make a comment. i think that senator reid's comment is onpoint. some people donxunderstand what he is saying. i understand where he is coming from. and that's why the african-american community jumps on his side. because we understand why he is where he's coming from. i do not want o-any republican any other person in america to make this racial, because it's not. what he is saying is so true. and the other point is on the book that anne kornblut wrote, in alabama, we have one female and several gentlemen running for mayor, we have an election on 19th of february. the female came in because of [inaudible], but did you know that she lost the two gentlemen. and
for hamid karzai says the leader is surprised by the rejection of most of his cabinet choices. he will submit new choices for the cabinet but is not clear when that will happen. the rejection will delay efforts to establish a functioning government. >>> president obama ordered 30,000 additional troops into afghanistan this year. will that provide the stability the country needs or trigger an increase in violence? conor powell in kabul with the latest from afghanistan. good to see you, corner. >>> well, shannon, talking to analysts first on the military and on the civilian side there seems to be a broad consensus that the violence will continue to get worse in 2010. that there will be more bloodshed and simply more deaths but 2009 was a record year and there is this fear that this will be a much worse year. general mcchris tollway said before things get better here on the found in afghanistan things will get worse but phrased that as part of the process of improving and stablizing afghanistan. there are more american and international troops and more afghan troops on the way and be
karzai, declared the situation under control. six people were killed and nearly 70 injured in this well-organized attack. trace: live for us in kabul, afghanistan. the president and vice president honoring martin luther king jr.'s legacy today. let's get to mike emanuel, he's live on the north lawn of the white house. mike. >> trace, president obama and the first lady, ten cabinet secretaries and senior administration officials participated in community service projects across washington today celebrating the life and legacy of dr. martin luther king jr. and also honoring a national day of service. the president, first lady and first daughters went to an agency called so others might eat and served meals to homeless men, women and children. trace: mike emanuel live for us at the white house, that is brand new information on three top stories. jamie: five young americans are behind bars in pakistan, and they're accused of using the internet to calculate radical islamic militants. now as they head to court, they may be regretting the day they decided to leave american soil. what they shou
. but if he begins to show that president karzai in afghanistan starts to reform governance, that they begin to deal with corruption, perhaps they can begin to secure some areas outside of kabul where the government has control but it doesn't in a lot of other areas in that country. if they show at that trajectory is going the right direction, i think that will help in 2010. the other point i would make very quickly, 2010, american troops will begin to start coming back from iraq. that means that the president will be fulfilling a promise that he made during the campaign to return american service members from that countries are from that war. that may help a little bit. >> even symbolically, that help. dan, thanks so much. sam, cokie, great to see you. over to sam champion with some of this year's new year's resolutions. >> yeah, call it the personal policymaking. nearly half of americans will make a new year's resolutions. only half of us, i think that's generous, will stick to them after six months. what are the most popular promises that we make to ourselves? the number one resolution, o
of afghanistan. karzai asking for half a billion dollars to set up taliban fighters in homes, only if they promise to stop fighting. they are discussing troop levels for nato. >>> will he stay or go? wall street watching closely today. the vote on whether ben bernanke gets to keep his job. >>> your tax dollars at work and also at risk. we will look at the stimulus money. is it creating all sorts of opportunities for the wrong people? an exclusive report at the search for scammers. >>> all this week we have been tracking the tax dollars that make up the government stimulus program. some of the projects created jobs, and others merely raising eyebro eyebrows. >> reporter: kentucky construction magnet lawson on trial this week for bribing the official in the last decade to win big projects, but that did not stop the lawson family companies from winning $24 million in recovery act contracts. the company should have been suspended forbidding within stimulus work after 45 days after he was indicted. according to the department of transportation rule, even though he pleaded not guilty. bu
's cabinet today and they're choosing which of president karzai's nominees will be part of the new government. several were members of last administration, which was hampered by allegations of widespread corruption. the nominees clinclude one woma to the post of minister of women's affairs. >>> the need for counterterrorism intelligence that may be behind a deadly bomb attack in eastern afghanistan. >> a couple of claims now of who is responsible for the attack that killed seven cia officers this week. it happened eight forward operating base with the border near pakistan. chris lawrence has more. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence official sell tels cnn the main purpose of a cia base is to recruit informants and that may have made it a target for retaliation. one of the prime suspects in the suicide bombing is a network based across the boarder in pakistan where the u.s. has increased its drone attacks. the group is aligned with the afghan taliban and al qaeda and have a strong presence. some reports say the bomber was recruited as potential informant but that doesn't explain the security failur
with america. america stuck karzai in there. then bin lad an was fighting russia and afghanistan for america. that's what drove him to be anti-american. >> more there from houston. dorothy on the republican line. >> my question is, it's wonderful we go over and help all of these countries with the issues they have. we obviously have the power and the financial able >> yemen presents a unique sense of challenges. there are a lot of countries like yemen around the world. places where we see central government authority slowly receding and weakening. if it is terrorism or drug smulling, the international community needs to see how to figure out more and more all of this crisis. >> our guest has been an associate with the middle east program. thank you for the update on yemen this morning. >> take another short break and we'll turn to the topic of mental health in america more of your calls. we'll be right back. >> top prize, $5,000. create a 5-8 minute video about our country's strength. it musten corporate c-span programming. enter before midnight january 20. don't wait another minute. go to s
of the day. the fighting continued well after afghan president hamid karzai declared the situation under control. taliban militants, it's estimated to be about 12 of them, stormed multiple government buildings, including the ministry of justice, the ministry of finance, and the fight be continued into a shopping mall, into a movie theater, and as you said, this is a well coordinated, very well organized attack. just about an hour or so after the first shots were fired, an ambulance pulled into a police checkpoint, presumably to bring aid to, help those who had been injured but it ended up being taliban fighters who detonated a bomb and killed at least one person at that checkpoint. in total today, five people were killed and more than 40 were injured, but considering the scale of the size of this attack that went over multiple miles, most of downtown kabul, the loss of life was relatively small, but still, a very deadly and sad day here in kabul. gregg: connor, these incidents in kabul are happening more and more. what kind of impact with they -- are they having? >> a devastating impact,
blocked karzai's plan to governor for kabul. she interweaves a very well- written and interestingly a history that is a well-written, well-organized and based on her own research with original sources. a second really important understanding of the country can be gotten from the book "the opium season," which details a year in which he was involved as a -- a subcontractor in u.s.a.i.d. efforts in 2004-2005 to provide alternative livelihood's to draw with a workforce from opium production. it gives a view of the violence, tribal and warlord relations, and moreover, it shows the bureaucratic profiteering and dysfunction that is increasing the complexity and cost of our involvement, not just in war, but in development. a third source, and i think it is outstanding if you want to understand the country is stored, who within weeks after the fall of the taliban locked to kabul in the winter, which is supposed to kill you -- what to kabul in the winter, which is supposed to value and described the bill which experience in a week -- and described that experience in a way in which any develo
counts of first degree murder. afghanistan's parliament is rejecting 17 of president hamid karzai's 24 cabinet nominees and says that he has to make new selections. the head of the u.n. mission in afghanistan is calling the ruling a setback that will delay efforts to get a functioning government up and running. officials say karzai will now have to spend political energy nominating new choices when the country should be focused on needed reform. >> didn't take them because they're corrupt. >> really. >> this is' heavy snow falling in salem, massachusetts and some strong winds, let's get a check on all of this from rick reichmuth in the weather center. >> the northeast has been pummelled with more wind and snow and that area of low pressure, the downer clock-wise circulation has gotten so wound up. warm air across the north side of that. bangor maine, 36 degrees. burlington vermont, 10 degrees. cold air across the eastern two-thirds of the country. if you want warm temps go far out towards the west and the satellite radar picture for us is going to be continuing to show a little bit of
process when you take a look at the election in afghanistan, hamid karzai, which to a lot of people look like a joke and ahmadinejad's election as well, that there's going to be some real changes that people are going to be looking for. >> again, i go back to my biggest winner, hillary clinton, here, because, you know, if the world changes in iran, in a way we might like, this is also something she can use, particularly as a woman, because women have been so vocal against ahmadinejad in iran, i think this is the way that hillary clinton can flex her muscle. >> all right. happy new year to all of you. thank you very much. hope we'll all be winners this year. >> yes. >> all right. thanks again. >> thanks. >>> our cnn's jeanne moos has made us think and laugh with a year full of the most unusual reports. well, we've chosen our favorite. wait until you see what it is. host: could switching to geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance? host: did the waltons take way too long to say goodnight? mom: g'night john boy. g'night mary ellen. mary ellen: g'night mama. g'night erin. elizabeth
for a second term as more express anger over the handling of the financial crisis. >>> hamid karzai is pushing a machine to pay those to lay down guns. the fed secretary roberts gates recognizes -- >> the germans will toss in a beer, if anyone likes a heineken. you aren't going to go deliver beer at night unless you won't get shot and get a big tip. >> defense secretary robert gates recognizing that politics that play into afghan politics. the group must take on a legitimate role. >>> and toyota is working to fix a mechanical problem that led to the recall of 2.3 million cars in the u.s. the gas pedal in several models can be stuck. >> that's what i tell the cops when i get pulled over many. >> this comes months after concerns that floor mats could affect the accelerator. it affects camry, avalon, and corolla models. >> what that was car back in the '70s? amc -- >> the pinto. >> sure. >> you look at it wrong, and it would blow up. >> ralph nader wrote a book on it. >>> sports. yesterday, we showed you pictures of tiger woods at the sex rehab clinic. today, we have radio conversations from the
barack obama, this is a push from president hamid karzai of afghanistan, and the nato-led can countries involved in the mission. the taliban say they will take advantage of that. joe? >> and we're also hearing about some type of a year-end message that was sent out by the taliban for 2009. what do they have to say in that? >> reporter: well, right now we're seeing a very confident taliban. the taliban have been confident for the past eight years, but this last year, 2009, their confidence has grown a lot. they had a year-end review in 2009 and a look-ahead for 2010, they're calling 2009 a very successful year. when it comes to their politics, when it comes to their military operations on the front line, as well as their public relations with the media. as for 2010, they're saying that they're going to launch major military operations come april. and that is the springtime, and obviously the beginning of what's known as the fighting season here in afghanistan. joe? >> atia abawi in kabul, thanks for that reporting. >>> and president obama is wishing the nation a happy new year, the presi
levin just returned from afghanistan. >> another thing to watch as to whether or not president karzai and we can come up with a program for reintegration for lower level taliban which will chip away at the power of the taliban and help to support the efforts of the afghan security forces. >> reporter: u.s. commanders acknowledge the need to bring at least some lower level taliban leaders into the political and social fabric of afghanistan. general stanley mcchrystal the top mill care commander when asked if the taliban can play a role in the future of afghanistan said, i think that any afghans can play a role if they focus on the future and not the past. but, reality remains harsh. u.s. troops continue their push into helmand province in the south. the next target, the marjah area, which is another taliban stronghold. across the border in north w wasiristan, and that will give the taliban more time to consolidate and launch more attacks. u.s. military intelligence calculates that the taliban has shadow governments in 33 of 34 provinces, raising questions about whether they see a need
day. >> another thing to watch is to whether or not president karzai and we can come up with a program for reintegration of those lower-level taliban which will chip away at the power of the taliban and help to support the efforts of the afghan security forces. >> so, what are we really talking about, kyra? you're talking just like they did in iraq, about money, jobs, extending that economic olive branch, if you will, to some of the lower-level taliban fighters who the u.s. feels basically are in it to earn money. if you can give them jobs, if you can give economic development, maybe they'll stop fighting. but here's the wrinkle. what about the big guns? what about mullah omar, the leader of the taliban? is there some way to extend an olive branch to him, and would the u.s. even want to get involved with him? that's a major question and right now, of course, the taliban think they're doing pretty good in afghanistan, so the other question is whether they'd even want to come to the negotiating table. but this is what everybody will be looking for at this london meeting, kyra. >> so what
. look at afghanistan with karzai, sure we support the united states, you are not going against supporting the united states. but back room deal. >> yemen is trying to get rid . >> president obama sanctioned the air strike specifically against alaki who is the iman who is tied to the fort hood shooter and abdullmuttallab . he managed to survive the air strike before christmas. >> and the president wrapped up counter terrorism against yemen and spent 67 million last year alone. five million in 2006 . it is ramped up the president is serious about that and airport security. we are finding out that the pat downs, one of the second screening efforts are effectism. you have an underwear bomber, how in the world is a pat down going to catch something. >> how is it that they are doing it? >> it wouldn't matter in i demonstrate you. >> do i have to do this? >> you cannot board the plane. >> this is all they do. they do the side touching and quick side touch that's it. >> that's it. >> and if the underwear bomber had stuff hidden where -- >> you're dangerous. the point is they are so pol
karzai's presence because he was so disgusted by the corruption there. and gere toi and we're going to build an army out of that? >> and we have an extensively western base allied to us. but we all know, this is a tribal-based country. the british came and went. the russians came and went. to me, it's just a mystery what we're trying to really do. >> elisabeth bumiller, thank you very much. a great article. >> thanks. thanks. >> it's a frustrating situation and a frustrating country. >> it is. and also, we deal with our own security and how we shore that up. because even all these years later, we find ourselves almost as at risk after 9/11. >> i want someone to commission a poll on body studies. i bet you have 95% of the americans saying, go ahead, we don't care. >>> coming up next, "all things at once," it is not a book so much as it is a way of life. we're going to preview mika's book. it's going to change not only your life, but i would guess america. we'll be right back. ( whistling ) ( sniffing ) missing something? now at sears optical, get 2 pairs of glasses for $99.99. or tak
: what was ,>syour organization's role in london, withççç karzai there, and happened there? guest: what happened in london, following conflict what happens is a lot of donors get together to talk about where they go next. what happens often is groups of men sit around and talk about priorities and interests that affect women in particular. and rarely are those women's voices included. so often we advocate for women to be on these negotiations and for women's priorities and interests to be represented. in the case of afghanistan, they had a donor conference in london, and okfáwe had groups o afghan women come. and they identified what are afghan3ymwomen's priorities fo reconstruction. and it was useful as the afghanistan çgovernment did no have women xdin these negotiations. and the question was asked, who speaks for afcp' women? there are groups zviçi]ççóof around and geúconvened this group and have them identify their specific priorities for reconstruction and they presented that to the delegate. and told what things were priorities for them and what to keep funded.
these countries face huge challenges. literally just in staying alive. i got to know karzai what a first arrived in afghanistan in 2002 when he had only been in office for a few weeks. eight years later he is still in office facing extraordinarily y challenges. there clearly are a lot of problems. i got to know him personally. but never had he might be wearing at the moment, one thing i am persuaded of is that he is an afghan nationalists. host: next phone call riverhead, new york. caller: ambassador, good morning. i had the recent experience that the third person i talked to came from iraq mentioned it to me that the came from mesopotamia and blamed england for forming a country. they did not bear animosity towards us for coming over there, but felt the only way their country could survived between the different factions was to have a dictatorship. i was wondering if you had experience with any of those ideas? guest: there are as many ideas in iraq about the direction of governance as you might find it in this country. borders throughout the region are artificial in many cases. those borders
the president karzai can't count on parliaments report. most of his nominees expressed discontent with the candidates competence. the "new york times" says 17 were rejected and 17 approved. all but one are currently cabinet ministers the president's office had no comment on friday. they said the news conference would be held today. the effect where is difficult to predict it's he'll try to make recess appointments once the parliament leads for the winter break but there's a deep divide between the president and parliament and could leave a number of ministry as drift under deputy ministers that lack political power. this morning from the "new york times". ellen from sunnyville new york. is yemen the new front on terrorism? caller: absolutely. this president and e reck holder don't get it. they're going into more, al qaeda is going into regions where they understand this president won't do anything to the countries that don't have the capabilities we have and nobody is talking about the fact that this animal, actually was going to kill innocent women and children on an airplane ca
proposed by president karzai. this is the second cabinet he put forward. the international community was hoping for a strong government to prevent ordinary afghans from siding with the taliban. >>> in our top story, clean water, food, shelter, people in the capital city need all of them, of course. one of the most immediate needs is burial space. we should warn you here some of the images you are about to see are very disturbing. as carl penhal reports, people are burying the dead anywhere and any way they can. >> reporter: the stench from a corpse mixes with the smell of sugar cane alcohol. i've just been driving along the -- through the city of port-au-prince and have just come along to men literally digging a hole in the ground to bury one of their loved ones. they're passing around a bottle of alcohol and say that first of all we should tip the alcohol in the ground. that's for the spirits of their loved ones. >> we went to a funeral place, they ain't got no more room. they throw the body away. we picked up the body and came down with the body and try to dig a hole so we can make
at the same time president hamid karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. here's cnn's dan rivers. >> reporter: a pitch battle in the central of kabul. they fought for more than three hours with taliban insurgents who were holed up in several buildings. we've been listening to sustained gunfire coming from down the road. you can see in the distance there is a building on fire, which we believe may be a market. we're being told that there are a number of taliban fighters who are attacking near the serena hotel right in the heart of kabul. a lot of gunfire and explosions going on. people in the center of kabul were running for their lives. women and children terrified and confused. some angry they hadn't seen any ispa troops. >> you can see all these soldiers. countersrg si, there's insurgents and there's the place they should cooperate shoulder to shoulder with us. with the government of afghanistan. >> reporter: and it's still going on. >> still going on. you can hear. >> reporter: after three and a half hours, finally the afghan army appeared to have control. the fire brigade wer
probably take two or three years. and then president karzai really threw cold water on things when he said that afghanistan would not be able to provide for its own security for 15 to 20 years let alone 18 months. so the question is this, when july, 2011 rolls around, will we be at the beginning of the troop withdrawal or just in the middle of it? will we be standing on the cliff or going down the ramp? and will we be at the inflection or point of no return in an open-ended war. the american people and our troops deserve a solid plan. we have the right to know exactly what we're getting into before we start spending billions of dollars more and more and more of our troops' blood. that's why congress must ask the administration some tough questions and demand better answers. you know that's our responsibility, that's our job. especially before we authorize another dime for this foreign occupation. we must make sure that the next appropriation has a much better balance between military and civilian need, a balance that will be considerbly better than the last appropriation. we must make sure
, speaking today in london at an international conference on afghanistan, president hamid karzai says that she is going to try to bring the taliban into a political settlement of the conflict. >>> overseas markets are higher this morning. cnbc's erin burnett is at the new york stock exchange. and erin, there's a lot of attention on both ford and the ipad today. >> there certainly are, ann. when you look at ford, the first profit for ford if about four years, and the company says it will be profitable this year, despite what it calls a significantly challenging business environment. the good news doesn't stop there. on earnings, proctor & gamble, eastman kodak, colgate all coming out with way better-than-expected numbers. i guess it's the building blocks of growth, more toothpaste, detergent being sold. and that's contributing to a bullish feel. financial stocks are also higher. the president last night saying he is not interested in punishing banks, something wall street is applauding. and last but not least, the water cooler talk of the day will be about the ipad. is it really the se
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